Aphrodite Prayer Beads: Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty, Born of Seafoam
This set of Aphrodite prayer beads consists of three groups of twelve beads, to represent the Greek dodecatheon of twelve gods (there are many more than twelve Greek gods, but most cities had their own group of twelve), and the mythic division of the world into three realms--the sea, the heavens, and the underworld. Separating these sections are three hanging pendants, each a symbol representing the goddess:
Dove - The dove is one of Aphrodite's sacred animals; her golden chariot is said to be drawn by doves.
Heart - The heart, of course, is Aphrodite's best known symbol.
Shell - The birth of Aphrodite at sea is commonly represented in art by her emergence from a shell.
The sea-green color of the beads, as well as the aqua-green patina of the pendants, is a reminder that Aphrodite, born from sea-foam, is indeed an ocean goddess.
It is made with 10mm sea-green fire-polished Czech glass beads, separated by gunmetal-black metal spacer beads, and glass seed beads to provide a comfortable transition from one bead to the next and to make the piece lightweight, supple, and easy to handle. The string itself is approximately 28.5" (72.4cm) in circumference and can be worn if desired, although it is designed to be used in prayer and meditation, to decorate an altar or shrine, and/or to adorn a statue.
The beads come with a prayer to Aphrodite, written specifically to be used with this prayer bead design (you can, of course, use the beads with any prayers, or for any god or gods, that you choose or that resonate with you) and with a cotton muslin bag for storage.